All I Want is You

When I put together the program for Bryan’s celebration of life, I wanted to choose song lyrics for the cover. Bryan loved music, was a broadcasting undergrad major before he went to law school and enjoyed his stint as a college DJ very much.

I listened to, read lyrics, and discarded a dozen songs before I settled on U2′s “All I Want Is You” as the cover text. (I woke up with it stuck in my head, actually, and decided that meant it was the one.) The lyrics are profound and poetic, and the band’s performance of it live in Milan is beautiful.

All I Want Is You

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you’ll give me a highway with no one on it
Treasure just to look upon it
All the riches in the night

You say you’ll give me eyes in a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbour in the tempest

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

You say you want
Your love to work out right
To last with me through the night

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
Your story to remain untold
Your love not to grow cold

All the promises we break
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you
     ~U2

He was my harbor in the tempest, and I am grateful for the years we were given.

5 Responses to “All I Want is You”

  1. Vince Says:

    One of my favorite love songs from one of my favorite bands. A most excellent choice, my friend.

  2. Eric Says:

    One of my favorites as well, and the standout cut from Rattle And Hum. As Vince said, an excellent choice.

  3. Kim Says:

    I don’t think I have ever heard that song before. What an excellent choice!

  4. Gene Says:

    I also don’t remember hearing the song. But it is amazing. I love the lyrics!!! Awesome choice!!

  5. Becca Says:

    I have never heard the song before, but the lyrics are beautiful. Great choice.